Means Testing Government Subsidies and Benefits

Apr 10, 2012

Q. Do you think the Government subsidies and benefits (such as health insurance rebates, childcare rebates, age pensions) should be means tested (that is, reduced or not paid to people on higher incomes) or should people receive the same subsidies and benefits from the Government regardless of their income?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Subsidies and benefits should be means tested

68%

79%

63%

74%

People should receive the same subsidies and benefits regardless of income

24%

16%

30%

18%

Don’t know

8%

5%

7%

8%

68% agree that Government subsidies and benefits should be means tested and 24% think people should receive the same subsidies and benefits regardless of income.

Means testing was supported by 77% of respondents aged 45+ and 60% of those aged under 45. 76% of those earning less than $600pw supported means testing compared to 65% of those earning $1,600+.

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Party Trust to Handle Benefits/pensions

Apr 11, 2011

Q. Which party would you trust more to handle welfare issues like unemployment benefits and disability pensions?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Labor Party 34% 75% 6% 53%
Liberal Party 31% 4% 66% 8%
No difference 25% 16% 21% 26%
Don’t know 10% 55 6% 13%

34% trust the Labor Party more to handle welfare issues and 31% trust the Liberal Party more. 25% think there is no difference.

The Liberal Party is trusted more by people earning $1,600+ pw (40% to 29%) while those on incomes under $1,000 pw favor the Labor Party 39% to 22%.

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